MENU

LVIV, UKRAINE

If you're looking for information on how to support the team during the recent crisis, visit https://mtw.org/ukraine-crisis.

The MTW Lviv team seeks to establish a church-planting church in this largest and most influential city of western Ukraine. This uniquely cross-cultural team, with members from America, Ukraine, and South Africa, is building relationships through hospitality-based ministries, including RUF Global, an English-language ministry, publishing, and mercy. Members of the church plant are also actively engaged in supporting and planting a church in Krakow, Poland.

Many people in this culture have a great nominal affinity for Christianity and are open to discussing God’s Word, so many of the team’s ministries are designed with this in mind. The team values a posture of learning and service toward the culture, history, and language of Lviv. Their main focus is on building relationships with Ukrainians through open homes and open lives.

They also provide a training environment for the next generation of missionaries by mentoring future missionaries through summer and longer-term internships. Their hope is that one day the surrounding western region will flourish with Ukrainian-speaking church plants, bringing the Word of God into people’s daily lives. Learn more about the work by visiting the team website.

MEET THE TEAM

Cordell, Bradley & Sara

Bradley directs a Reformed publishing ministry in Lviv, Ukraine, and also also serves as a U.S. mobilizer and support coach with the Birmingham Missions Cohort in Alabama.

Bradley directs a Reformed publishing ministry in Lviv, Ukraine, and also also serves as a U.S. mobilizer and support...

Hacquebord, Heero & Anya

The Hacquebords are helping plant and grow a vibrant church in western Ukraine.

The Hacquebords are helping plant and grow a vibrant church in western Ukraine.

Norris, Kirk & Anna

Kirk and Anna serve the people of L'viv, Ukraine, with the only truth that can heal their brokenness.

Kirk and Anna serve the people of L'viv, Ukraine, with the only truth that can heal their brokenness.

Norton, Clarke & Khrystya

Clarke and Khrystya are involved in young adult ministry in Lviv, Ukraine.

Clarke and Khrystya are involved in young adult ministry in Lviv, Ukraine.

Powell, Jonathan & Olya

Together, they have a passion for seeing young people in Lviv come to know and love Jesus.

Together, they have a passion for seeing young people in Lviv come to know and love Jesus.

Shepherd, Doug & Masha

Doug and Masha are helping plant new churches in the western region of Ukraine beginning with Lviv.

Doug and Masha are helping plant new churches in the western region of Ukraine beginning with Lviv.

Sheppard, Andrew

Andrew will soon return to Lviv, Ukraine to disciple and mentor university students.

Andrew will soon return to Lviv, Ukraine to disciple and mentor university students.

Römer, Mikael & Zuzanna

The Römers will join MTW Team Lviv to help their church-planting efforts, to learn from them, and ultimately to plant biblical, Reformed, gospel-centered churches in Ukraine and beyond.

The Römers will join MTW Team Lviv to help their church-planting efforts, to learn from them, and ultimately to plant...

Church Planting With Team Lviv

Please login to continue
Forgot your password?
Recover it here.
Don't have an account?
Create an Account
Sign Up for Free
Name
Email
Choose Password
Confirm Password

GET INVOLVED

The Greenhouse: Ministry Training in Lviv
Summer Internships
RUF Campus Ministry in Lviv
Longer
Church Planting Opportunities in Ukraine
Longer

Crates for Ukraine: Meeting Needs in a Meaningful Way

MTW missionaries hope a new initiative for churches to fill crates and fly them to Poland will solve several challenges and streamline aid.

SEE MORE

The Stakes Are High for Ukrainians Praying for Peace

These are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must stand with them. They are looking at the prospect of losing their freedom to worship.

SEE MORE

Light Shines in the Darkness in Ukraine

Churches and believers in Ukraine and in neighboring countries have been able to show extraordinary hospitality amid the darkness of war.

SEE MORE

Fleeing Ukraine in Photos

MTW Ukraine missionary Bob Burnham snapped photos during his exodus from Odesa at the outbreak of the war, documenting his journey.

SEE MORE

How Pastors Are Ministering in Ukrainian Cities Under Attack

We spoke with two Ukrainian pastors who minister to churches in two cities where there has been intense bombing.

SEE MORE

Broken Reeds and Smoldering Wicks: Isaiah Provides a Perspective on the War in Ukraine

Isaiah reminds us how God gets His will done in dark places, and offers wisdom for believers ministering in the Ukraine crisis.

SEE MORE

Ministry in a Time of War: How Missionaries and Pastors Are Coping With the Unimaginable

The crisis has forced many Ukrainian Christians to make heart-wrenching decisions while trying to come to grips with their new reality.

SEE MORE

Stairway to Missions: Kirk Norris’ Journey From Intern to Career Missionary in Ukraine

Many become career missionaries via an incremental journey of discernment, beginning their journey as interns. Kirk Norris is one example.

SEE MORE

Building the Church Planter’s Toolbox: The Long-Term Impact of Ukraine’s Publishing Ministry

MTW’s publishing ministry in Lviv, now with over 250 Reformed resources, is equipping a generation of Ukrainian church planters.

SEE MORE

Church Planting With Team L'viv (VIDEO)

One of the challenges in L’viv is that most people have a certain respect for the Church, but don’t read the Bible themselves.

SEE MORE

A Summer Internship Reveals a Surprise Call to Missions

What did I know about Ukraine? I knew it's near Russia and it’s cold. Still I found myself emailing the team leader for more information.

SEE MORE

Growing in the Greenhouse: My Summer in Ukraine

Kristin Newman paints a picture of her summer in “The Greenhouse,” a cross-cultural missionary training and mentorship program in L’viv.

SEE MORE

The Gracious Break: A Life Transformed in Ukraine (Video)

A broken foot at just the right time altered the trajectory of a young woman's life in L'viv, Ukraine.

SEE MORE

My Calling to Ukraine: A Video

At 20 Doug Shepherd understood the gospel, but didn't know if he was fit to serve. Watch as he shares how he came to recognize God's call.

SEE MORE

Transformed by the Gospel in Ukraine: A Video

Missionary Masha Shepherd is a Ukrainian who came to Christ in college, a decision that had a significant impact on her mother, Olena.

SEE MORE

Spontaneous Love: Ukrainian Church Plant Reaches Out to Refugees

When disabled and elderly refugees from eastern Ukraine were forced to flee, a local Presbyterian church embraced them like family.

SEE MORE

They All Have First Names

As refugees flood into European countries where we minister, we are learning how to love them as Christ does.

SEE MORE

Finding Jesus in Ukraine: My Journey from Atheist to Missionary

I grew up in a typical Soviet atheist family, not thinking about God and faith. Then one summer I met real Christians for the first time.

SEE MORE

Goliath Must Fall: Two Gospel Stories

In a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city, these stories declare the gospel to be "the power of God unto salvation."

SEE MORE

The Crisis in Ukraine

The political situation unfolding across Ukraine is impacting the lives of missionaries and could have implications for future ministry.

SEE MORE

"This is our 9/11"

Unrest in Ukraine ushers in a new season of spiritual openness.

SEE MORE

The Remarkable Influence of Believers in Ukraine

With much thanksgiving, I write to confirm that God is answering prayers for Ukraine in marvelous ways.

SEE MORE

Looking After Souls

Robin teared up as she shared her frustrations. Alyona reached out her hand and said, "But you have talent. You look after souls."

SEE MORE

Pray against rape, murder, and capture of men, women, and children in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. Pray for protection for the vulnerable.

Give thanks for and pray for the Krakow crisis team, the distribution of aid, and the shelter ministry as the team cares for displaced Ukrainians.

Pray for courage for Christ’s followers in and around Ukraine. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

Pray for families who have evacuated, leaving behind the only place they have ever known. Pray for transition and provision. 

Pray for pastors who have stayed behind in Ukraine as they minister to their congregations and the surrounding communities in a time of war.

Pray for the health, rest, and ability to continue for those who are working with and making arrangements for refugees. It can feel like the future of each one of them is in your hands. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

Pray that our brothers and sisters who have lost everything will cling to the community of believers and ultimate hope in Christ, and for the massive movement of people and the refugee work our teams are involved in focusing on Lviv and Krakow. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

Pray for our Ukraine team's preparations to care for refugees. We have a full response in the city of Lviv, and as the refugee crisis expands, so will our response. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

Pray for Ukraine to trust what is not changeable and to hope in what cannot be lost. May the Church in Ukraine be strengthened through this war. mtw.org/ukraine-crisis

Pray for the church-planting team in L'viv, Ukraine, and the Ukrainians they serve. 

Pray for Ukrainian refugees who are being welcomed by the church in Belgorod to be drawn to Christ. 

Pray for MTW's ministry to refugees in Greece, Germany, Ukraine, Uganda, Panama, and the U.S.

Pray for teams teaching English (ESL) as a part of their ministry and for the students who attend English classes/camp.

Thank God for bringing Ukrainians to faith in Him and giving them the vision to reach their own country for Christ. Pray for many more to be transformed.

Pray for two women, Monika and Andrea, who have recently come to faith against the odds in a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city.

Pray for Monika, that God would continue to heal her, give her a new purpose, and protect her life from physical harm, and for Andrea, that she would grow deep roots of faith and be a witness to those like her—unlikely subjects—of the reality of the grace of God.

Pray for the safety of believers in Ukraine. Pray for God to use the crisis to strengthen their faith and bring more Ukrainians to Christ.

Pray for believers in Ukraine during a time of political uncertainty.

Give thanks to God for believers in Ukraine who are standing strong and joining together across denominations for prayer.

Europe Scholarship & Assistance

Enabling spiritual refreshment for missionaries and national partners

UA Ukraine Crisis Church Fund

Help the church of Ukraine get relief during the war and rebuild in the future.

Lviv Church Building

A church building provides credibility and permanence in a skeptical culture.

Ukraine Publishing Ministry

Support the publication of Reformed materials in Ukraine.